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Georgia Journal of Science

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THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF THE STUDY OF EVOLUTION: DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN INTERACTIVE COURSE MODULE: PHASE II**

Abstract

The goal of this project is to create and implement an interactive, one week course module to supplement teaching students about the connections between molecular evolution, macroevolution, microevolution and how they pertain to the human body and health. This interactive course module is being developed using resources from the Internet that the students can work on in class, which will allow the students to better understand the content. The objective is to show that evolution is an evidence-based science that affects public health and all fields of biology. For those students who believe that evolution is antithetical to their beliefs, their concerns and the controversies that surround the study and teaching evolution will be addressed at the beginning of the course module to ease any problems that they may have. Surveys will be given at the beginning and end of the course to gauge the students’ current and learned knowledge of evolution. The surveys will provide the students a way to express their thoughts and inputs about the course be known so that improvements can be made. This pedagogical research will be used to show students and other teachers that evolution is based on empirical evidence and is necessary to learn as it serves as the foundation of phylogenetic studies in biology. This knowledge can be applied to better understand individual human health and then to the wider field of public health. Phase I of this project was implemented in the Fall Semester, 2017. The data from the surveys are being processed to determine any changes that need to be made in the module or activities and the effectiveness of the course module for student’s understanding.

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